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Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce

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Habituel Bakers & Coffee Roasters

One of my habitual pleasures has been to buy the sourdough bread from the Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander cellar door and foodie hub in the main street of Healesville whenever I passed through town.  If I wasn’t able to stop in for an excellent meal and glass of wine I made sure that I at least…

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Millstone Cakes

Millstone is a cafe featuring French-inspired sweets; the words of chef, Alice Wright, who brings a modern touch to her traditional training at The Cordon Bleu in Paris. Her line up of pastries, individual and large format cakes are beautifully and tastefully decorated, featuring fresh berry fruit flavours as well as her signature salted caramel,…

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Black Star Pastry Gets Gold Star

Black Star Pastry started in Sydney, serving fruit driven cakes that are not only extremely pretty but delightfully fresh and flavoursome. These cakes are not the dense, super sweet numbers meant for a long shelf life you mostly see around town these days.  Black Star Pastry’s cakes are so fresh that you can see them…

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Against The Grain – Smoked Brisket Salad

Smoked meats are all the rage at the moment, a consequence of Melbourne’s continuing love affair with American food, specifically American fast-slow food. By fast-slow food I mean the 15 hour, slow-smoked beef brisket as the basis of a meaty bun with fried onions, mayo, melty cheese, pickles etc. There is another approach to smoked…

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Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart

The Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart reached Melbourne at the end of last year and has been very popular with Melbourne’s Asian student population. These little cheese tarts are pretty tasty, with a silky texture and, typical of Japanese desserts, not very sweet.  They are baked fresh on site in four Melbourne locations; QV Centre, Melbourne…

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